Emergency Medical Services Education

The Section of EMS and Disaster Medicine is committed to teaching and developing future EMS physicians through its outstanding fellowships, both nationally and internationally, as well as educating residents and students who will also be leaders and advocates for EMS in their practices. Our unparalleled experience is made possible through collaboration with on-campus and off-campus partners that help to support one of the best EMS systems in the country.

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  Emergency Medical Services Fellowship

The Section of EMS and Disaster Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin offers a one-year EMS fellowship accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The fellowship is designed to develop the next generation of EMS leaders by offering unparalleled didactic and field experiences for all aspects of EMS. Successful completion from the EMS fellowship, including the development of scholarly project and manuscript, will satisfy the requirements for subspecialty certification for EMS as outlined by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

In addition to gaining a solid competency in the core requirements, the fellowship is flexible to meet the unique interests and passions of our learners. After completion of the fellowship, the Medical College of Wisconsin offers other opportunities to gain additional analytic and translational skills through the Master in Public Health Program, Bioinformatics, Clinical Translational Sciences and others.

For additional information, please contact:
M. Riccardo Colella, DO, MPH, FACEP
Associate Professor
Chief, Section of EMS and Disaster Medicine
Departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics
The Institute for Health and Society
Medical College of Wisconsin

9200 West Watertown Plank Road, Pavilion 1P
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 805-9923 | (414) 805-6464 (fax)

  International Scholars

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and disaster medicine intensive short-term training program at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is dedicated to training physicians in the science of EMS medicine. For 15 years MCW’s EMS training program has been preparing physicians to serve as medical directors of EMS systems. This training program condenses the education and experiences meant to provide the fundamentals in the safe and efficient delivery of medical care in the prehospital setting.

The EMS Scholars program is intended for highly focused project development assistance as well as brief observations of our EMS system for three (3) to eleven (11) month tenure.

During the intensive training program, the participant will be provided with diverse experiences in the practice and administrative components of EMS systems to gain a detailed understanding of the field of EMS medicine. These experiences will provide a basis to determine functioning, designs, and processes necessary to ensure quality of patient care in the prehospital setting.

The program does not hold any international certification but does include subject matter and experiences consistent with the American Board of Emergency Medicine Core Content of EMS Medicine.

Trainees are required to be licensed physicians in their home country and have completed the equivalent of an emergency medicine residency program.

The activities of the training program will occur in a variety of facilities and locations. Patient care observations will occur in the Emergency Departments of Froedtert Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, as well as in the out-of-hospital setting with Milwaukee County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers. In addition, the trainee will participate in the administrative and training activities related to the medical direction of the Milwaukee County EMS, Kenosha County EMS, State of Wisconsin EMS, City of Milwaukee Fire Department, and the Flight for Life (FFL) programs. Activities will occur both on-campus and at various locations throughout Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Kenosha, Fond du Lac, and Madison, Wisconsin.

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  International Fellowship

The Section of EMS and Disaster Medicine and the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Office of Global Health have aligned goals of training the next generation of health leaders to address inequities of care, specifically through access to quality Emergency Medical Services and all its components. We collaborate with partners from around the globe and engage physician leadership to develop or refine EMS oversight skills. Through mutual partnership and respect, our goal is to provide sustainable tools to EMS leaders from around the world. We have a long history of collaboration with physicians from Poland, China, Belize, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Our International EMS Scholars program is intended to provide collaboration and mentoring for international physicians working to develop EMS infrastructure within their host countries.

The International Fellowship program is designed to be a 12+ month educational experience.

The International EMS Fellowship has similar goals and objective of our traditional EMS fellowship but is not ACGME accredited. A certificate of fellowship completion is awarded.

For more information:

For additional information, please contact:
M. Riccardo Colella, DO, MPH, FACEP
Associate Professor
Chief, Section of EMS and Disaster Medicine
Departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics
The Institute for Health and Society
Medical College of Wisconsin

9200 West Watertown Plank Road, Pavilion 1P
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 805-9923 | (414) 805-6464 (fax)

  EMS Fellowship Benefits

Residents in ACGME training programs are employed by the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH). Please visit their website for additional information:

MCWAH Benefits, Conditions & Terms of Employment
Stipends and Educational Allowance
Hospital Affiliates
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MCWAH Benefits


  • MCWAH Stipend:  The Board of Directors of MCWAH establishes stipends for housestaff. The stipend levels can be found on the MCWAH Graduate Medical Education web page.
  • Accident Insurance - Air Transport:  MCWAH provides accident insurance to housestaff who are involved in patient air transportation. The insurance includes a $900,000 accidental death and dismemberment benefit. It also includes rehabilitation expense benefits and psychological therapy benefits related to transport accidents. Benefits are paid per the provisions of the policy.  This plan is in addition to the $100,000 accidental death policy that is provided to all MCWAH employed housestaff.
  • Dental Insurance:  Housestaff pay 50% of the premium with a pre-tax monthly payroll deduction. The pre-tax monthly payroll deduction is $10.29 single and $33.00 family as of 7/1/15.
  • Health Club Resources/Discounts:
    • MCW Fitness Facility: The Tonken’s Center is located on the lower level of the Medical Education Building and is open 24 hours a day. Locker rooms with showers are located directly across from the fitness center. There are no costs or fees associated with using this facility. An MCW badge is needed to gain entry to both the fitness center and locker rooms. Housestaff wanting to use these facilities should contact their program coordinator about obtaining an MCW badge.
    • Wisconsin Athletic Club: Has several locations and offers various discounts.
    • Wisconsin Lutheran College: MCWAH housestaff may use the recreation complex (REX) at Wisconsin Lutheran College. There are no costs or fees associated with using the facilities. Housestaff should sign in on the sign-in sheet at the REX. Hours are posted and vary when school is not in session. The REX houses completely furnished weight training and fitness areas, an aerobics room, a dance studio, and a 130' x 190' main gym with a running track. Also available for use are a lounge and vending areas and complete locker and shower rooms.
    • WPS HealthSense Rewards: Offers discounts to participating facilities.
    • YMCA Milwaukee: Offers various membership specials. Please visit the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee website for more information.
  • Health Insurance:  Housestaff pay 20% of the premium with a pre-tax monthly payroll deduction. The pre-tax monthly payroll deduction is $128.66 single and $318.48 family as of 7/1/15.
  • Leave Benefits:
    • Vacation:  Housestaff are allowed annual paid vacation of three weeks, provided the vacation schedule does not conflict with their duties and it is approved by the Program Director. Vacation time is not cumulative from year to year.
    • Educational Leave:  Housestaff (PG-2 and above) are allowed up to one week of educational leave, without interruption of pay or benefits, contingent upon the approval by the Program Director. Educational leave time is not cumulative from year to year.
    • Sick Leave:  Sick leave accrues to housestaff at the rate of two weeks per year to a maximum of four weeks from previous academic years. Unused sick leave is not paid upon completion of training or termination.
    • Leave of Absence – Training Schedule & Completion:  Each Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties has policies regarding absence from training and the impact that absence may have on the Board eligibility of the candidates. Housestaff who take leave of absence during their residency should communicate with their Program Director to ensure that their total leave time does not exceed the maximum allowed by the Board. The Program Director should communicate with the Specialty Board on behalf of the housestaff if necessary for clarification.
    • FMLA Leave:  MCWAH will grant family and medical leaves of absence in accordance with both the Wisconsin and Federal Family and Medical Leave Acts (WFMLA\FMLA).
  • Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance:  This policy provides $50,000 of group term life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment coverage. Your group coverage is convertible to an individual policy upon leaving MCWAH on a guaranteed basis without evidence of health.
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance:  This Group policy provides 80% of a housestaff’s base stipend to a maximum monthly benefit of $5,000. Disability is defined as the inability to perform with reasonable continuity the material duties of your own occupation. Benefits start two months (60 days) after the onset of disability. Benefits can be payable to social security normal retirement age (SSNRA). This policy can be converted upon leaving MCWAH without evidence of health.  In addition, as part of the Long-Term Disability Insurance Plan provided to housestaff, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is also offered.
  • Mental Health Program / Employee Assistance Benefit:  MCWAH is aware of the multiple demands of residency training. In an effort to meet the unique needs of our housestaff, the Mental Health Program has been designed to assist MCWAH housestaff in obtaining the highest quality of mental health care in a confidential manner. This benefit also applies to spouses and children.
  • Professional Liability:  MCWAH and each of its employed, licensed physicians have limits of $1,000,000 per occurrence/$3,000,000 per aggregate loss per year. Professional liability insurance covers legal defense costs, jury awards or settlements and other expenses related to malpractice claims and lawsuits. Professional liability insurance also pays for legal costs incurred for testifying in a deposition and responding to inquiries by the Medical Examining Board.  MCWAH pays the Wisconsin Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund (Fund) for excess malpractice insurance for losses above the primary insurance policy limits for itself and each licensed resident and fellow. The Fund is administered by the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance of the State of Wisconsin.
  • Vision Insurance:  A Vision Insurance Plan is provided to Housestaff at no cost to the Housestaff (MCWAH pays 100% of the premium). This plan is provided through Delta Vision and includes benefits toward eye exams, glasses, contacts and more.
  • Worker's Compensation Insurance:  Housestaff, as employees of MCWAH, are protected by Worker's Compensation insurance in case of work-related injury or illness.
  • Working Condition Fringe Benedit: The Working Condition Fringe Benefit is a $1,500 per academic year taxable payment to housestaff to help defray expenses for license fees, DEA fees, license exam fees and text books.  This benefit is paid in two installments; one on the December 31 paycheck and one on the June 30 paycheck.


Departmental Benefits
  • Department Stipend
    • The part-time faculty instructor portion of the EMS fellow’s position pays $28,800 for 12 clinical hours a week for 48 weeks of the year (576 hours total). Hours are limited to a maximum of 18 clinical hours per week due to ACGME duty hour restrictions.  Extra hours above the 576 annually are paid at $150 per hour.  Any overnight shifts include an extra $20/hour compensation.
      • The Department provides malpractice coverage for the faculty instructor position.
      • The Department covers cost of license and DEA fees.
  • Scrub tops/bottoms (4 pairs) with embroidered name
  • Lab coats (4) with embroidered name
  • Reimbursement up to $500 for the purchase of EMS gear
  • Professional liability insurance while moonlighting
  • In addition to the MCWAH Working Condition Fringe Benefit, the Department provides reimbursement of up to $1,500 to attend the NAEMSP conference and medical director’s course in January.
  Undergraduate and Graduate Education

Medical students can become involved in the Section of EMS and Disaster Medicine by participating in research projects and experiencing a ride along with local EMS agencies. Residents and fellows actively interact with paramedics by joining the crews on scene calls, giving lectures, and providing online medical control. During the second year, residents begin providing online medical control to Milwaukee County EMS, which continues during the third year. Second year residents may also apply for a two year longitudinal experience with Flight For Life, a helicopter air ambulance transport service in southern Wisconsin. This experience allows residents to replace two ED shifts per month with shifts on the helicopter crew. Residents selected for this experience also work on a scholarly project, participate in QI projects, provide lectures to flight crews, and have a selection of journal articles to review. Additionally, residents may do a one month elective during their third year on Flight For Life.

During their third year, residents have a required one month rotation combined with ultrasonography. During this month, residents spend extensive time riding with paramedic crews throughout the Milwaukee County EMS system. This allows them to actively participate in direct patient care and act as an on scene resource with the goal of providing on scene medical direction. They also participate in grand round lectures with the EMS fellow. Residents attend QI/QA meetings for both Milwaukee County EMS and Flight For Life. An EMS project, whether research or QA, is completed during the rotation.

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